A few months ago we finally met Android 8.0 Oreo with all its new features and, with this new version, the manufacturers started to announce as quickly as possible the terminals that would see that update and the approximate term. With the arrival of the Pixel 2, in addition, was expected to arrive Android 8.1 with some more news, but finally was not.
However, a few minutes ago Google announced that the developer preview of Android 8.1 can now be downloaded on compatible devices and, in addition, the final version we would see in December of this year. If your phone meets the requirements and you are brave enough, we explain how you can have Android 8.1 in its first previous version.
Which devices are supported
As we said, Google has released today Android 8.1 Developer Preview, but not for everyone, but only for users of certain devices. First of all, we will leave here the list of those terminals that can access this version of Android, and whose links you will find here:
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Pixel C
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
How to install Android 8.1 Developer Preview
With the companion terminals listed in the previous section, there are two ways to get Android 8.1 Developer Preview. The first is entering the betas Android program through this link. The other way is to manually flash the system image in your terminal.
In the first method, after registering you just have to wait for the OTA to arrive and enjoy when the process is finished. For those who want to flash the system, the image is a little more complicated. The first recommendation is to back up all your data, as this process will erase all data on your device.
Once you have done this, you just have to follow the instructions to the letter that gives Google in your web, making sure, yes, that you have the Android SDK installed and that your mobile connects properly with your computer to avoid problems during the process. It will also be necessary that the mobile bootloader is unlocked.
If you flash the image by hand, you will not receive the OTA from the following Developer Preview, but if you change your mind, by entering the Android betting program at any time you can receive them.
Are you one of the lucky holders of one of these terminals and you are excited to try Android 8.1?